annual cider competition at the Clytha Arms in Monmouthshire. One of my favourite pubs of all time, the Clytha is always worth a visit, even more so over this weekend of cider and perry.
Last year Llanblethian Orchards won an award for best dry perry at the festival, although this year the same perry has a completely different flavour - I tasted the blend last week and the slower fermentation due to the cold weather has caused the change. Still that's the fun of craft cidermaking! Also worth trying Seidr Dai's ciders and perries at the festival as I also help them during the autumn. Still it's always a big surprise who wins and the competition does get tougher every year.
I'm always spoilt for choice at the festival and it is staffed by the cidermakers themselves so I usually ask for a cider made by the person who serves me! A good way to keep on the side of the makers.
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The Clytha can be reached by bus from Abergavenny or Monmouth, although the service is a bit erratic and can involve a short walk from Pit Clytha at the rear of the pub. The last bus from the Clytha to Abergavenny leaves at 1839
The Clytha Arms